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The #1 Cause of Visceral Fat, According to Science

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Belly fat. Few words inspire more fear in the hearts of health-minded people. And for good reason. Visceral fat—the technical term for belly fat—is more than just a pooch that develops around your waistline in response to too much beer and simple carbs. It can actually be quite dangerous. Read on to find out more about those health risks, the primary cause of visceral fat, and what you can do to prevent it—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You Have "Long" COVID and May Not Even Know It . 1 What Is Visceral Fat? Unlike subcutaneous fat—the jiggly fat under the skin that you can grab or pinch—visceral fat surrounds organs deep within the abdomen, like the stomach, liver, and intestines. It's not just an aesthetic concern. According to the Cleveland Clinic , excess visceral fat raises your risk of serious metabolic disorders, including: Heart disease Type 2 diabetes Fatty liver disease Polycystic ovary syndrome